[quote author=fbennett board=QuestionsabouttheSamanaPeninsula thread=1165891274 post=1166040120]THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! SO VERY MUCH APPRECIATED…
I do have a couple more questions!!! heeheee.
BTW I printed out the above comments so that I can keep the information handy!
We are really looking forward to the trip but are very nervous too since this is the first time we are really venturing out side of North America.
Our real purpose of this trip is to R&R and spend some quality time with the kids. So that is what I am hoping for. But Las Terrenace sounds like a lovely place to visit since I see it’s not very far from where we are staying…
So now to my questions:
- Will they take US dollars at all or does everything have to be coverted into RD when purchasing something or tipping?
- Doe they have ATMs?
- Is using credit cards more favorable than cash?
Thanks… any help on our first trip is greatly appreciated.
When purchasing all prices are in pesos, for souvenirs, trinkets, cigars, rum, wine or liquor. Some store they will accept and convert the purchase in any currency you got in your pocket, to close a sale, others wont.
At the supermarket, pay with pesos, at the souvenir store pay with pesos, to the pest of a t-shirt vendor, pay with pesos.
At the hotel, I recommend paying with US dollars for tips, for the maid leave two US dollars per day, on top of the pillow, for the server at the restaurant who will take your plates, warm the milk for the baby, etc tip a dollar or two per meal.
Total tips about 8 dollars per day for a family of four, is this to much? Don’t forget this people work hard for almost nothing, they will share your tips with their supervisor, for the maid, with the kitchen staff, for the server.
If you don’t want to tip, that is fine with any hotel worker, they will still clean your room and serve you, because this is their job and they are pay to do that.
And again I specify in one other thread, do not tip with coins, loonies, toonies, quarters etc. are useless, no bank will exchange this in any currency, your coins will end up having no value. Bring a lot of US dollar bills and 5s, pay the taxi with a 10 and a 5, and pay the excursion with bigger denomination 20 and 50. Keep the small denomination for tips.
They are ATM machines in the village; use the one in a well traffic area, such as the one at ScotiaBank in Plaza Rosada, or the one across from Fort Knox in Paseo del Costanera. ATM machine will dispense only pesos, not dollars, don’t withdraw more then you will spend, otherwise you will get stuck with some stinky pesos.
Hotel will not have an ATM, but for sure will be glad to take your Credit Card for excursions and other things such as a lost beach towel. But let’s hope this will not happen to you.
I will say, don’t use a credit card unless you are in an emergency situation or are itching to buy something really expensive, such as a down payment on that gorgeous villa on Loma Bonita.LOL
Rule of thumb for pesos conversion: the 100 pesos bill worth less then 3US dollars, the 500 pesos bill worth less then 15US dollars, the 1,000 pesos bill worth less then 30US dollars, and 2,000 pesos bill worth less then 60US dollars. This is the cheat sheet I always have in my mind, if you want to use it, go ahead, is not patented.
Hope I answered all your questions. Don’t forget to drop a note on this forum if this information was valuable and help you have a great vacation.